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New Game Releases: June 21st-27th, 2016

Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force

Traditionally, summer months extend a light schedule of subordinate releases, with the industry cramming its notable offerings into the holiday period. But with remarkable offerings like Shiren the Wanderer, Fairy Fencer F, and Phantom Brave making July appearances, Summer looks like an extended holiday for role-playing aficionados. For those who don’t appreciate turn-based tactics, the appearance of titles like Pac-Man 256, Wind-Up Knight 2, or We Happy Few are poised to absorb players across those balmy summer nights.

Header image: Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force, PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (retail and PSN, $59.99)
N.E.R.O : Nothing Ever Remains Obscure (retail and PSN, $19.99)
Pac-Man 256 (PSN, $4.99)

Wii U
Buddy & Me: Dream Edition (eShop, $4.99)
Defend your Crypt (eShop, $2.99)
Hot Rod Racer ($2.54)
Humanitarian Helicopter (eShop, $10.00)
Pokémon Ranger (eShop, $9.99)

Xbox One
Pac-Man 256 (XGS, $4.99)

Defend your Crypt (eShop, $2.99)
Ninja Smasher! (eShop, $3.99)
Wind-Up Knight 2 (eShop, $5.00)

PS Vita
Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (retail and PSN, $39.99)
Spy Chameleon (PSN, $TBA)

Death Road to Canada ($13.49)
DICETINY: The Lord of the Dice ($14.99)
Epic Manager – Create Your Own Adventuring Agency! ($TBA)
Ghost Sweeper ($3.99)
Headlander ($15.99)
Human: Fall Flat ($14.99)
In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor ($TBA)
Journey to the Center of the Earth ($4.99)
Kingdom Rush Frontiers ($TBA)
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge ($TBA)
Obduction ($TBA)
Phantom Brave ($19.98)
Quadrilateral Cowboy ($TBA)
Riptide GP: Renegade ($TBA)
The Amazing Shinsengumi: Heroes in Love ($TBA)
We Happy Few ($TBA)

Robert’s Pick: Originally released in 2004, Nippon Ichi’s Phantom Brave is a seminal role playing game experience. Unlike the Disgaea’s series sporadically puckish tone, Phantom Brave plays it straight, spinning a poignant tale of a thirteen-year old orphan named Marona. With a context positioned between the world of the living and the deceased, there’s genuine sentiment amidst the doses of strategy. While the game might look a bit dated, adept storytelling is poised to make more of an impression that any collection of pixels will.

Phantom Brave PC


About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.


  1. I wish Shiren the Wanderer was on other systems besides Vita.

  2. I never played Phantom Brave. Might have to give it a try one of these days.

  3. I’ve always rooted for Arcen Games, and I’m pretty excited for In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor. Their first 3D game and it looks pretty cool.

  4. Isn’t Pac-Man 256 a free game on mobile? Why would you spend $5 to play it on console?

    • You’re paying for our-person cooperative multiplayer, which seems fair for $5.

    • Kingdom Rush Frontiers is another mobile game. Good one but not worth paying more than 99 cents to play on PC.

  5. If they released niche JRPGS during the holidays, they would get lost in the storm.

  6. How much of Fairy Fencer F: ADF is new? I know the story splits, but at what point in the game?

  7. I want the new FFF to come to PC. Any confirmation of this yet?

  8. Phantom Brave is basically the same as the PSP and Wii versions. Not worth the money.